Lk 20:24-25 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” They said, “Caesar’s.” So he said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.

I argue Jesus told them not to pay the tribute tax and they understood him to say as much.

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Deut 10:14 "Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it."

The logic is this: give to Caesar what he is due, and give to God what he is due. What belongs to God? Everything. So what belongs to Caesar? Nothing.

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When brought before Pilate, people understood him to be saying just that:

Luke 23:2 "And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar..."

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